Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had tried to woo the farmers and youth, the large section of the voters ahead of the general elections. He had offered greater benefits to these two sections in his election manifesto, which he released at the party’s formation day celebrated at Rajahmundry on Thursday. The focus was on including agriculture sector in the prestigious MNREGS programme to help the farmers, particularly in terms of wages to the workers. This would take away the labour cost of the farmers.
He promised free solar motor pumps, free quality seeds and storage points for the farmers in every district. He had also promised a fruit and grain market in Godavari districts at a cost of Rs 5,000 crore. This would provide market connection to the farmers, including the foreign market. He also promised food processing and agro-based industries in every district.
The Jana Sena promised gold loans at 6 per cent rate of interest which would be brought down to 3 per cent if the first loan is cleared within one year. He had promised a loan of Rs 5,000 to the fruit and vegetable vendors.
For the youth and students, the Jana Sena has greater plans to woo them. While offering free education for all from KG to PG, the Jana Sena chief had also promised free travel for students including a one-time travel to the competitive examinations. He had promised a free meal for students in the canteens to be established by the government. The Jana Sena would establish canteens in the name of late Dokka Seethamma, who was known for her free meal to the travellers in Godavari districts.
The Jana Sena had big plans to strengthen and upgrade the government hospitals across the State and multi-speciality hospitals in every revenue division headquarters. This would bring down the health difficulties of the people and perhaps he had this in his mind after his work for the mysterious kidney disease victims of Uddanam area in Srikakulam district.
He had some good offers for the fishermen who live on fishing activity in the sea. He promised creation of deep sea fishing infrastructure at an investment of Rs 3,000 crore. He had promised 300 days assured livelihood for the fishermen and financial support to the fishermen during no fishing days.
It is to be seen if these sops bring him more votes to make it to the treasury benches after the elections.